Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bridal Shower Cakes

I am in the process right now of making 6 different kinds of cakes for a bridal shower and bachlorette party next weekend in Michigan. Michigan?!? you ask... yes, I am crazy enough to make all the parts for the cakes, take them on the train with me from ND to MI, and put them together somewhere when I get there. We'll see in about a week if I am a serious glutton for punishment...

The cakes will each be a 6", round, 2 layer cake and the flavors will be: French Vanilla with Almond filling, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese filling, Lemon with Raspberry filling, Lemon Poppy Seed with Lemon filling, Chocolate Fudge with Peanut Butter filling, and Pistachio with Pistachio filling.

We'll do a combination of fondant and icing on the outsides of them, and try out different decorations on each to get ideas for the wedding cake in September.

The other "tricky" part of this is that all of the cakes and fillings need to be egg free, as one half of the couple is allergic to eggs. Luckily, I found an easy substitution for the eggs (milled flax and water) and although it may make the lighter cake mixes look a little funny, the taste doesn't really change, and neither does the texture.

I'll be sure to take photos after all the cakes are done and post them when I get back from MI!

Wish me luck!! :)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Ewan's Birthday

Ewan's 4th of July birthday party and his cake were a HUGE success. Although it took me a really long time to get the cake done, I thought that it looked pretty darn good, and I didn't cuss the icing!!! Thank you, Mom for your advice on the whole icing issues, and thank you to a fun new icing tip that makes it pretty darn easy too.

The cake was a 2 layer, 10 inch, square triple chocolate fudge cake with Oreo fluff filling, vanilla and almond icing and marshmallow fondant. Thank you to my sister Mollie for the recommendation of the Oreo fluff middle! It was YUMMY! And really good practice for me with all the fillings I'll need to do for that wedding cake in Sept...

I didn't have flesh or brown food coloring, so it became a bit of an experiment to get the colors I needed, but thankfully, I did have the correct colors on hand to mix together to get what I needed.

Here are the pics of the cake and of Ewan diving into it face first!